Charatan pipes have had a very eventful past. They started off life being made in London, were bought by an American company, Lanes, then later sold to Dunhill Pipes, who sold them to another company before buying them back several years later!

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VINTAGE WOOD SMOKING PIPE CHARATANS MAKE BELVEDERE
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VINTAGE WOOD SMOKING PIPE CHARATAN OF LONDON BROSVENOR
VINTAGE WOOD SMOKING PIPE CHARATAN OF LONDON BROSVENOR
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VINTAGE WOOD SMOKING PIPE CHARATANS MAKE EXTRA LARGE HAND MADE LANE ERA
VINTAGE WOOD SMOKING PIPE CHARATANS MAKE EXTRA LARGE HAND MADE LANE ERA
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Vintage Wood Smoking Pipe CHARATANS MAKE SPECIAL 311
Vintage Wood Smoking Pipe CHARATANS MAKE SPECIAL 311
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Charatan Perfection Extra Large Straight Pipe Made by Hand BRAND NEW
Charatan Perfection Extra Large Straight Pipe Made by Hand BRAND NEW
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BEAUTIFUL CHARATANS MAKE PIPE Executive 99 Cent Start No Reserve
BEAUTIFUL CHARATANS MAKE PIPE Executive 99 Cent Start No Reserve
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CHARATANS MAKE EXTRA LARGE DUBLIN Free Hand Relief Beautiful Estate Pipe
CHARATANS MAKE EXTRA LARGE DUBLIN Free Hand Relief Beautiful Estate Pipe
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Charatan Trafalgar Pipe Smooth Billiard 3102 Large New  Boxed
Charatan Trafalgar Pipe Smooth Billiard 3102 Large New Boxed
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Charatan Trafalgar Pipe Smooth Bent Billiard 110 New Boxed
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CHARATANS MAKE Xd out Belvedere 1979 80 215DC Very nice
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A Charatan Tobacco Pipe Brochure
A Charatan Tobacco Pipe Brochure
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OLD Vintage CHARATAN Selected Freehand Dublin
OLD Vintage CHARATAN Selected Freehand Dublin
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CHARATAN DISTINCTION EXTRA LARGE PIPE MAGNUM FREE HAND UNSMOKED
CHARATAN DISTINCTION EXTRA LARGE PIPE MAGNUM FREE HAND UNSMOKED
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CHARATAN TANSHELL FREE HAND PIPE
CHARATAN TANSHELL FREE HAND PIPE
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LANE ERA CHARATANS MAKE  AUTHENTIC  EXTRA LARGE COLLECTABLE PIPE
LANE ERA CHARATANS MAKE AUTHENTIC EXTRA LARGE COLLECTABLE PIPE
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Charatan pipes started life in 1863 when Frederick Charatan, who was a Russian-Jewish immigrant, opened up his shop in central London. He began by carving meerschaum pipes, which soon became very popular, so Charatan moved his business to a bigger workshop. He then began to carve briar pipes, actually becoming the first pipe brand to produce entirely hand-made briar pipes from the rough block to completed pipe, including stems.

Being known as the top English pipemaker, Charatan was actually approached by Alfred Dunhill. Dunhill was very unhappy with the quality of pipes that he was importing from France. So during 1908 - 1910 Alfred Dunhill purchased pipes directly from Charatan, although paying very high prices to make sure he had the very best pipes available for sale in England. Then in 1910 Dunhill managed to lure away Joel Sasieni from Charatan, one of his best carvers, to open his own pipe workshop in London.

In around 1950 an American, Herman G. Lane, was looking to expand his business into England. Lane Ltd. soon became the sole distributor for Charatan’s in the US. Soon Charatan pipes became hugely popular in the States, so in 1960 Lanes bought the company. Then in 1978 Lane's heirs sold Charatan to Dunhill!

Then, in 1988 Dunhill sold the rights to Charatan to James B. Russell Inc. a New Jersey company. Russell had their Charatan pipes made in France. However, these Charatans were terribly poor imitations of the original pipes and sales dropped. Eventually, in 2002, Russell went out of business and Dunhill re-purchased Charatan.